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If you only have 24 hours to create an innovative health app for the new Microsoft Band, what would you make?
Our developers Jonathan, Chris, Rob and Giles were at the Microsoft Band Hackathon in London to explore what’s possible with their new wearable device. Our app of choice: a falls app that helps an informal carer keep an eye on a family member.
The Microsoft Band is a wearable device that can track someone’s heart rate, steps, calorie burn and sleep quality and connects to phones, enabling connected apps. The hackathon’s aim was to explore the potential for solutions that make use of the device to improve people’s health and wellbeing.
Team Lead, Chris Eckl said. ’With little rest, but with plenty of Red Bull and Pizza at our disposal, we worked flat out to create the concept for a new app, then code and demo it to all the other teams.
The app we created is focused on an elderly person and their informal circle of care. The band records any falls and ‘near misses’ and sends an automatic text to the carer so they can be alerted in case of a fall or a broken fall, to forewarn that the wearer may be susceptible to falls.
It also keeps a secure log in the person’s Personal Health Record, so data can be reviewed by a health professional.
Although more work is needed to make the app production-ready for Microsoft Band wearers, it was an exciting opportunity to work with new health tech to explore how it could be used to improve people’s well-being”
Here are some photos of our team in action at the hackathon:
With little rest, but with plenty of Red Bull and Pizza at our disposal, we worked flat out to create the concept for a new app, then code and demo it to all the other teams.